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There is always a risk in giving a horse a name that may be hard to live up to. But if Genius Beast is not yet the athletic equivalent of an Einstein, he is certainly no dunce and yesterday came through his latest test with full marks as clear-cut winner of Sandown's Classic trial. And his victory brought some much-needed cheer to the Godolphin team, which had its much-fancied 1,000 Guineas candidate White Moonstone sidelined by injury over the weekend, only a few days after a similar mishap to 2,000 Guineas and Derby hope Dubai Prince.

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Arizona backs campus guns

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Outside Edge: Wounded walking with pride

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Market Report: BAT soars after stubbing out racketeering charge

Following a key legal triumph in the US, British American Tobacco (BAT) was left high up the top-tier index's leaderboard last night, advancing 54.5p to 2,462p. The cigarette group made the move after investors awoke yesterday morning to news from across the Atlantic that the company had succeeded in its attempt to be removed from a racketeering ruling.

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